3x3 is considered the number one urban team sport. From the first official event at the 2010 Youth Olympics Games to the Olympic inclusion starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games, FIBA has had an ambitious vision for the game:
3x3 is simple and flexible enough to be played anywhere by anybody. All you need is a hoop, a half-court and six players. Events can be staged outdoor and indoor in iconic locations to bring basketball directly to the people.
The rules are very simple and designed to make it a fast, spectacular and exciting game. The non-stop music brings an authentic urban culture atmosphere, which attracts a new young audience to the games.
3x3 is an opportunity for new players, organisers and countries to go from the streets to the World Stage. The stars of the game play in a professional tour and some of the most prestigious multi-sports events. On June 9, 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Challengers are stand-alone events from which the best teams qualify to a pre-determined World Tour Masters. They are international tournaments, played during two days, with prize money limited to 16 invitational teams.
Challengers start with a qualifying draw, with 2 pools of 3 teams. One pool features 3 host wildcard teams. The other pool stars 3 teams who qualified by winning a satellite. The winners of each pool advance to the main draw.
The 12 remaining teams are split in 4 pools of 3 teams. Like it is the case in all Challengers events, the seeding is conducted automatically according to the 3x3 individual World ranking (of the three best players from each team).
All teams play every other in their respective pools. The best 2 in each pool qualify for the quarter-finals.
In case teams are tied in the pools, the tie-breakers are as follows:
1. Most wins (or win ratio in case of unequal number of games in inter-pool comparison);
2. Head-to-head confrontation (only taking win/loss into account);
3. Most points scored in average (without considering winning scores of forfeits).
If teams are still tied after those three steps, the one(s) with the highest seeding win(s) the tie-breaker.
After the pools, the teams play knock-out games all the way to the final.